Desperate Rick Baker Exploits Storm Crisis, Victims

By Jim Bleyer With his chances of becoming St. Petersburg’s next mayor dissipating as rapidly as the ravaging winds of Hurricane Irma, Rick Baker exploited one of the worst natural disasters in the nation’s history to resuscitate his failing campaign. Baker, his employer Bill Edwards and others billed as his political …

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An Intemperate Baker Plans Attacks, Obfuscation

  By Jim Bleyer Back on his heels after woefully underperforming in the primary, an incensed Rick Baker will dramatically amp up his campaign to unseat St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman in the two months leading up to the Nov. 7 “nonpartisan” election, sources have told Tampa Bay Beat. The …

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Times Bows to GOP Bankrollers, Betrays St. Pete

  By Jim Bleyer     The Tampa Bay Times effort to woo more subscribers from the radical right has destroyed what little remains of its credibility and could embolden extremists and their racist followers to transform a tranquil, diverse, progressive St. Petersburg into a literal and ideological battleground. The …

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Baker, Trump share base, biases, playbook

    By Jim Bleyer Non-committal and nearly silent, mayoral candidate Rick Baker continued his passive campaign Sunday with another moral fail.  He was seen standing on the fringe of a candlelight vigil at St. Petersburg’s Demens Landing that stressed community unity and condemned the white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, VA. …

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